Popskull | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep maroonish brown on the pour, thin head, minimal retention

S: the nose features some earthy qualities along with notes of leather, faint chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt.

T: the taste starts out very sweet with notes of molasses, some bitter chocolate character in the middle, finish is sweet and syrupy

MF: Big body with medium carbonation, slightly sticky

O: Not sure if this beer has gone south with age, but this one doesn't seem to be clicking. Some nice qualities, but there is minimal balance and the resulting product is overly sweet.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a little cherry red showing through. Forms a thin head that doesn't stick around.

S: Vanilla and oak. Dark roasted malts, molasses, and alcohol.

T: Much like the aroma. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, some oak and more alcohol. Roasted malts.

M: Medium in body, but feels a little thinner than it should be. Appropriate carbonation. Alcoholic heat.

O: A decent beer. Alcoholic and sweet. Sort of a "Double Brown" if there ever was such a thing. However, the alcohol and sweetness don't add anything to the complexity of this beer and, in the end, it's just an okay beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

What's a tasting without a sorta-rare, retired Three Floyds brew? This one pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate, light balsa, and light molasses. The taste does not feel the need to change anything from this recipe. Fair enough, especially considering I enjoy the recipe to begin with. The body is a straight medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice big brown, though things fall just short of great for me. That doesn't mean I wouldn't really like getting my hands on another bottle (I so would), of course...

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Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very brown beer, bit of a tannish head that dissipated leaving nothing on the sides.

S - Brown malts, wood, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Smells like a quality brown, with all the flavors you would really look for.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells with great brown sugar, caramel, toffee and wood. Wood seems to mellow the sweetness a little and give the flavor some more depth.

M - Close to full bodied, with fairly soft carbonation.

O - Nice beer, really great take on a brown and I like the addition of the Palo aging. Good stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains maple, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, nuts a touch of fruit and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, maple and some chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are touches of smokiness and nuts in the background and the balance is pretty good for a somewhat heavy beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 10.00% ABV kick, very good high-powered representation of style, I was unsure what to expect from this beer and was very pleasantly surprised such an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Was brought to a mini tasting.

A: Pours brown in color with a tan head, about one finger in height. Reduced to a small layer of foam on top, moderate lacing left behind.

S: Rich malt characteristics on the nose with some light roasted malts. Hints of wood and a little bit of cocoa and vanilla.

T: Similar to the aroma, heavy malt, nuts, some wood, and cocoa/chocolate. There is a little bit of caramel sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat chewy/thick. Alcohol is hidden well.

O: Pretty good, has held up pretty well. Glad is was brought to the tasting.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into mini snifter.

Pours thin, brown, with no head, just the faintest of thin bubles line the rim of the glass.

The aroma is slightly malt, and a good bit of fig. There is zero alcohol in the nose, which blows my mind for any 10%, but especially here where the aroma is thin and there could easily be an overpowering heat.

Carob, fig, a bit of booze/sourness at the end, but not unpleasant. The aftertaste is quite obvious leaving a bit of chewness on the palate.

Very thin, but not obviously out of character for the style.

Solid-average and happy to have had the chance to split a bottle, but not my favorite offering in the style or from this brewer.


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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Chimay chalice courtesy of soccerman7. Thanks Adam!

Pours a deep amber brown in color. Small bubble light carbonation leaves a thin white wisp floating on the top.
Aroma of wood, dates, light cocoa and toffee.
This beer reminds me a lot of the first batch Palo Santo, and need to do a side-by-side. Tastes like cola aged in wood barrels on dates, maybe some cocoa thrown in the mix. Not sure what the botanicals are in this beer are, but they seem almost non existent, save in the finish a slight herbal bitterness. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%. Has probably mellowed a lot. Good mouthfeel for a strong ale, maybe a little on the thin side. Well enjoyed.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the first release aged for one year.

Poured a nice Esspresso brown, no head

Aroma is Rich in chocolate and figs, subtle truffle and pepper notes.

Flavor is full for sure, great dried fruit flavors of raison and date, a bit spicy with loads of dark chocolate and solid bitterness. Very balanced even though it is so high in alcohol.

Mouthfeel is classic Dogfish big and robust with an off dry finish.

Overall, I like it, never had it fresh, but aged is very nice, I really enjoy the palo, it comes through and tastes similar to there Palo Santo Marron, just a bit smaller. Good stuff

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Photo of Beertracker
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3Floyds Popskull pours up like a frothy root beer with a beigish-tan colored head that laces the glass nicely above the slightly hazy, deep ruby-dk. brown body. The aroma is filled with a plethora of pleasant aromatics of dark fruits (carmelized raisins, sugar dates & Fig Newtons), brown sugar, molasses, toasted graham cracker, milk chocolate, roasted nuts, sarsaparilla (possibly the Palo Santo Wood+Botanicals?) & vanilla bean all come to mind. The candy sweet, nougat-like maltiness dominates, but is complimented by just a hint of zesty spiciness from late hop kettle additions. The flavor starts off with some sugary, caramel sweetness upfront that fades ever-so slowly behind an unobtrusive roastiness that interplays well with the dried fruit character (e.g. apricots, dates, raisins) that eventually gives way to a controlled bitterness that combines with some subtle alcohol warmth to dry out the generous maltiness. This medium-full bodied American Strong Ale has a pleasant creaminess and makes for an enjoyable fireside sipper. This ain't your old grandpappy's Popskull, it's a 3fishheaded floyd dog production!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'd been wanting to try this for a long time. A big thanks to Mayorquimby for hooking me up with this, thanks Scott! This beer pours the darkest of browns with a one finger medium khaki head which quickly dissipated and laced the glass. The aromas are interesting, partially because they aren't very strong. It has a rich but light toffee sweetness with a moderate amount of alcohol. I'd say it has some woody, oaky notes as well. The taste is superb for a brown ale. It features oak, molasses, maybe some light chocolate. I really like it. It drinks exceptionally smooth, I'd assume partially aided by the age, but it's a plus nonetheless! I love this beer and I'm so glad that I was able to try it.

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Photo of katan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a few amber highlights on the edges. Mocha colored head, 1/8" in size. Appears to be well retained.

S - Very interesting nose - chocolate, toffee, caramel, some grainy notes. Yeast bread is hanging around in the background. Somewhat marmite in scent -reminds me of dark lord. There has to be some commonality here.

T - Starts off very malty. Starts with straight sweetness, chocolate, some toffee. Lots of that yeast breadiness is present. Uber sweet overall. Mid-stream grows more grainy, edgy. Lots of molasses at times. Finishes with the most bitterness, bringing it almost into balance. Don't directly get the wood, but I think it has done a good job of taking the edge off the beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

M - Strong beer body - very thick and creamy. Carbonation is also strong, but not exceeding the level of balance. Finishes with a thick and creamy sugary notes. Alcohol warmth sneaks in a little.

D - Hard to define drinkability here. A brown ale in flavor and balance, but the alcohol seems to really sneak up on you. Not filling - goes down easy.

Wow this was an amazingly interesting beer. I feel like we got the sweet lean of DFH with the unusual ingredients and style of 3F.

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4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $18.99 for a bomber from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. Due to lack of distribution in that area, price was a bit inflated due to shipping, etc. I am tasting about 15 months after it was purchased and poured it into a snifter to review. This is an old barun ale aged on Palo Santo Wood; since DFH has their hand in this, I'm guessing it may strike similarities to their Palo Santo Marron which I'm a huge fan of.

An aggressive pour yields about a half inch tan foamy head which dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring of retention on the rim of the snifter. Opaque and quite dark with shades of brown when held to a bright light. Not much lacing.

Strong aroma of oak wood and roasted malts, some booze a la bourbon and hints of chocolate and molasses.

Great taste that keeps on coming. Oak, sweet malts, beef jerky and coffee noted. The aging of this beer and then cellaring for a year have definitely benefited this one. The booze I detected in the nose is kept at bay in the taste.

Creamy smooth and full bodied with a perfect level of carbonation to round out the mouthfeel. Long finish. Very easy to drink considering its 10% ABV.

Similar to the Palo Santo Marron but just not quite as big. Granted it is retired now and I'm glad I tried it, but if it was brought back, I'd likely choose the Palo Santo Marron over this one, especially considering price. Don't get me wrong though, this is an awesome beer.

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Popskull from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 178 ratings